For many students, attending law school was a choice they made after deciding they wanted to help people. Pursuing law allows graduates to help their communities in a number of ways. Most attorneys contribute to their community by providing services pro bono in addition to their full-time work. Working pro bono means that an attorney has decided to help people by providing legal assistance and guidance on an as-needed basis to those less fortunate on a reduced rate or for free. Pro-bono legal assistance is an important practice, as it allows everyone access to our justice system. However, for many people, assisting the less fortunate on an occasional basis does not satisfy their desire to help. Many of these attorneys choose a career in public interest law. Public interest attorneys choose to dedicate their entire career to helping a particular group or cause and working for the cause becomes their full-time job. Public interest careers cover a wide variety of political interests, societal needs and religious beliefs. As an attorney, working with almost any non-profit can be considered a career in public interest. We’ve provided some examples below to help you decide if you want to consider a career in public interest law.
November 21, 2012